Grace Cleo Rupert, 98, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014 in Colville. She was born on Feb. 26, 1916 in Rice, the daughter of Albert and Ella (Pendergraft) Sparks. Grace was one of nine children in her family. She grew up and attended school in Rice, where her older sister, Gladys Hopper, was also the school teacher. After high school, Grace lived in SteÂvens County for most of her life.
On August 2, 1937, she married Henry Warren Rupert and the couple was happily married for 57 years until Henryâ€™s passing in 1994.
Grace was a stay at home mom until her late 40â€™s; she then went to work for Fonkâ€™s Variety Store in Colville for a few years. After leaving Fonkâ€™s, Grace worked on the family farm with her husband until the family moved to Clearwater, where Henry went to work as a mechanic. Henry and Grace moved back to Eastern Washington following Henryâ€™s retireÂment. They both resided in the region until their passing.
In her spare time, Grace enjoyed tending to the flowers in her garden, where she would watch the butterflies and humÂmingbirds. On occasion, hummingbirds would even perch on her finger. She also enjoyed making quilts, baking, canning vegetables from her garden and playing cards with her family, especially Rummy and Pinochle. Grace took great pride in makÂing crafts while spending time with her grand-daughters, Lori Finley and Shannon Lent. Later in life, Grace loved conÂstructÂing jigsaw puzzles of wildlife and nature scenes.
Grace was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Henry Warren; five brothers, three sisters, and one great- grandson.
She is survived by her sons, Lewis Rupert and wife Janice, Colville; Gary Rupert, Arden; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Fae and Howard Rotter, Clearwater; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service and ash committal will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 23 at the Mt. View CemeÂtery in Rice. Following the graveside service, a no-host lunch will be held at Maverickâ€™s Restaurant in Colville.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Graceâ€™s name to the American Cancer Society. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.